Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

We don’t much send New Year greetings anymore. I suspect the proximity of Christmas to New Year’s dampens the desire to address cards and write letters. In our modern society, sending Christmas cards is almost a rarity anymore. Younger generations find them wasteful, Gen Xers want to send them but instead deal with the guilt of not sending them, and Baby Boomers send the most tacky, glittery cards they can find. :-)

But, if you are not Christian or don’t celebrate Christmas, there is no reason you must refrain from sending a winter greeting to friends and family. Here’s a nice wish for luck from Anna Kennedy sent to Will Morley Jr of Chicago. She wrote:

With love and best wishes for a thrice happy New Year to yourself and Mrs Morley, I am your sincere friend.

What a heartfelt and sentimental greeting!

This one is a folded card, but it’s blank inside.

I hope you enjoyed the series of Christmas cards and these New Year’s greetings. I fell off a bit at the end of Christmas, so will have to save those treasures for next year!

I don’t know quite how to describe the image on this card – is that a brazier? a smoker? an incense burner? Whatever it is, it wafts smoke around several large poinsettia blooms. The greeting reads

I am hoping Christmas pleasures

Will wait to say good bye

Until another Christmas

Has brought a fresh supply

The greeting was signed

To Faith from Aunt Eur.

Here’s a pretty image of a young woman with her hair pulled tightly back into a bun, but she managed to keep some of the fashionable frisée curls at her hairline. She has a ruffled collar under her dress and some kind of adornment that I can’t quite make out.

The photo was made at Chas. A. Saylor’s City Gallery in Reading, PA. There are a few other images made by Saylor on the site – click the category Chas. A. Saylor under Photographers to see them all.

It’s Christmas Day – what are you doing here? :-) My wish for you on Christmas is a happy, healthy, safe day with family in whatever way it can occur – IRL, over the phone or via zoom. Today’s pretty card features lovely poinsettia blooms and a red, spiral candle in a fancy candlestick.


Hearty Christmas Greetings

and every good wish for

the New Year

Miss Sylvia Mahl

Omaha, Nebraska

A pretty card decorated with pine boughs, holly and pinecones frames a pastoral scene of a house with snow. The card announces

Merry Christmas

Mailed in 1912 by Charles Chodl, the card made its way from Milwaukee, WI to Miss Anna Chodl in Chicago, IL.

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